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Mandarin Learning Tips Blog

Why Chinese Grammar Sounds Like Yoda Speak

Sara Lynn Hua | May 30, 2018

Yoda is a beloved character from the Star Wars franchise that despite being a Jedi Master, has not quite mastered English. One of the defining characteristics of Yoda is the peculiar order of his words when he speaks. 

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How To Learn Chinese Vocab Fast With This Daily Trick

Sara Lynn Hua | April 25, 2018

Chinese characters are often cited as the scariest part of learning Chinese. As a language filled with pictographs, speakers of English (and other Latin origin languages) may feel intimidated by a language that is not alphabet-based. Not to worry, this daily trick will help you learn and remember Chinese vocabulary fast in your everyday life! 

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What’s the difference between Chinese, Mandarin and Cantonese?

Sara Lynn Hua | April 19, 2018

 This is one of the most common questions we get. Here’s the short answer: Mandarin is a form of the Chinese language. Some call it a dialect. Chinese is an umbrella language term that encompasses multiple dialects/languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, and more. When you look at it closely, there are actually over 200 dialects of Chinese!

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How To Master A New Language

TutorMing | October 31, 2017

 There’s a lot of information on the internet on how to be fluent in a new language, FAST. Many of them will contain tips and tricks, offer mnemonic devices, and even “research-developed study methods” offered at a high price. And while some of these methods are effective, there’s more to learning a language than studying. In fact, to learn a language quickly, you need to have the following components:

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How To Learn A Language: Why Lectures Don’t Work

TutorMing | October 13, 2017

 Learning a new language is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Not only will it help open doors to new business opportunities, but it will give you a unique insight into a new culture. There are a million ways to learn a language, but today we’re here to explain what doesn’t work.

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How To Use The Chinese Character “才(cài)”

Jinna Wang | April 14, 2017

 “才” is one of those Chinese words with a number of different meanings. Taken as a noun, it could mean “talent,” as in “才华 (cái huá),” or “talented person,” as in “人才 (rén cái).

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